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How Do I Become a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator?

To become a Commercial Pesticide Applicator you must demonstrate that you are experienced and trained in pesticide use.
  • Apply to the Office of Pesticide Services to take the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Examination. You will be permitted to take the examination if you can demonstrate qualifications by:
    1. Having been a Virginia Registered Technician for at least one year; or
    2. Providing the Office of Pesticide Services with proof of sufficient education, training or experience in pesticide use.
  • Once you receive your authorization letter, there are two ways to take the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Examination:
    1. Take the exam on a touch-screen computer at your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Center.
    2. Take a written exam by appointment at a VDACS testing center. Contact the Office of Pesticide Services to schedule an appointment.
  • Maintain your certification by attending category-specific recertification session every two years.
  • Submit your completed renewal form to the Office of Pesticide Services every two years.

Commercial Applicators for Hire are not issued an active certificate unless they have, or work for someone who has, a valid Pesticide Business License.

Visit the Maintaining Certification As A Pesticide Applicator webpage for additional information on training and maintaining certification.


Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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